The stray cat population in Houston…or let’s face it EVERYWHERE…is outrageous.
I will never forget when I got first hand knowledge of how out of control the situation was. I was at a neighborhood shelter, desperately trying to get medical attention for an injured pup I had found. (My vet said they could not legally treat her because she wasn’t mine…only shelters have that privilege. Desperate for advice, I drove to a local “private” shelter.) As I was waiting for shelter employee to come back with paperwork, I man jumped out of his car with a cat and RAN towards me. Quickly handing the cat at me, he explained he was moving and could not keep him. As I tried to explain I did not work here and therefore had no authority to accept any animals, he literally threw $20 at me and mumbled about no one taking in cats. As he made a break for his car, the shelter employee returned…took one look at me, the cat, the $20, and the escaping man…she grabbed the money and the feline and CHASED THE MAN DOWN. Full out running. The man dashing to make a clean getaway. The shelter didn’t have room for even one more cat. The man had (obviously, I realized later) already been to several shelters. The insane seriousness of this problem did not hit me until I saw a poor woman running across a parking lot clutching a cat.
There is no way to ever estimate how many stray cats end up in shelters every year…let alone how many cats are left roaming the streets. (Read about escaping pets here.) I can’t even bring myself to wonder how many are euthanized.
This is why when Shanna, a fellow Houstonian, reached out to me for help in finding homes for the twelve (yes, TWELVE!) kitties living around her home – I had to do everything in my power to help.
Shanna has used her own income to pay for 3 of the kitties to be spayed/neutered. No discounts. No donations. No help. She has been caring for them all, but she is moving in September and needs to find homes for these little furry friends. Shanna does not want to just dump these sweet creatures off at a kill shelter…nor does she want to leave them on the street.
So, who needs a cat?!? She’s got shy ones and friendly ones. She’s got a mama and her kittens. Look at the pictures in this post and decide which one is right for you!
Please spread the word about these sweet creatures. If you have any advice on no-kill shelters to contact in the Houston area or are interest in adopting one of these furbabies, please email Wags & Whiskers at firstname.lastname@example.org